Tasha McNerney

Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds

Tasha McNerney started working in the veterinary field in 1998 as a veterinary assistant. She attended Michigan State University and obtained a bachelor’s of science in 2002 majoring in wildlife biology. In 2003 Tasha moved to the Philadelphia area and began her veterinary technician training at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. There she obtained an associates of science in veterinary technology Tasha has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA for ten years as an O.R./Anesthesia technician. Her areas of interest include sighthound and brachycephalic anesthesia as well as pain management. Tasha has been a featured speaker on various anesthesia and pain management topics at various conferences. In July of 2012 Tasha authored an article for the NAVTA journal entitled “Anesthesia in the Sighthound Patient”, and several articles for “Fetch” a blog dedicated to pet parents. Tasha is also the author of the Surgical Pain Management chapter for the textbook “Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians” (Shaffran and Goldberg, eds.). Tasha is also currently working on obtaining her CVPP. In 2013 Tasha created the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, which has over 24,000 members participating in education and exchange of ideas in all aspects of veterinary anesthesia and pain management. Tasha recently partnered with Firstline magazine to produce a video blog series for technicians entitled “Coffee on the Couch” which showcases various technician job avenues and encourages technician growth and career development. Tasha shares her home with her husband, son, a Catahoula leopard dog, and a pug. Yes that’s right…a pug.

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